Behind the Gift

By Randy Edwards 1 Peter 1:8 As children, we gain lot of joy from receiving Christmas gifts. Gifts all wrapped up and placed carefully under the tree. Gifts about which we can wonder and guess and get all excited! Gifts which, on Christmas morning, we can tear into to finally discover all the fun stuff…

Magnificat

By Garrett Vickrey Luke 1:46b-55 Be convicted. We need this song of Mary. We need it before we give another gift. Before we shop for that last gift. Before we meet at the manger. We need to be reminded by Mary of what this season is all about. We need to be reminded that the…

Joy

By Norm Dugas Psalm 40:1-6 “Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King.” Most of the time, we experience joy for very individual reasons. My team wins the big game and I am joyful (just not this year). In this case, my joy may be another person’s heartbreak. Family brings…

Grace and Joy

By David Dillingham Romans 12:9-12 How many people have you known who have made poor decisions in a quest for happiness? The joy of Christ extends well beyond the boundaries of human happiness. Joy is always an indirect result of the receiving and giving of grace. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, gives detailed…

Lookout

By Diana Bridges John 1:14 I’m always a little troubled when I read that someone “doesn’t suffer fools gladly.” Rather than being a sign of enlightenment or sophistication, it strikes me as a mark of willful blindness. In John 1:14 the apostle declares that “…we have seen his glory…full of grace and truth.” Certainly, many…

Great Joy

By Vaughan Ballinger Luke 2:8-10 Today’s scripture is Luke 2:8-10, “an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they are terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, I bring good news of GREAT JOY that will be for ALL the people.”…

Hippo Joy

By Garrett Vickrey Isaiah 9:2-3 Nobody does joy like a toddler. And right now nothing makes my (almost) 2 year-old daughter, Zetta, happier than hippos. There is no place that Zetta is happier to be than at the zoo in the hippo exhibit standing in front of a giant glass wall where she can watch…